Have traveled constantly since I left home at 17. I've lived for at least six months in: Quebec; Annecy, France; Oaxaca, Mexico; Leeds, UK, Morocco, Tunisia. Did my graduate studies in Nashville, taught in Florida, where I spent a lot of time at the beach, and now back in TX.
I love being outdoors, listening to great music, being by the sea, reading good books, eating great food with good friends, and drinking good booze. For me it doesn't get much better than a combination of all the above.
I spent last year in the south of France and am missing the food, the wine and the Mediterranean. The ultimate plan is to get some institution (academic or otherwise) to pay for frequent trips to Europe and beyond... I'm still working on it.
B) Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, La Cité des Enfants Perdus, Une histoire immortelle, The Big Heat, The Long Goodbye, This is England, Bande a part, Pierrot le fou, Twin Peaks (I know it's a TV series, but it's so much better than most of the crap movies coming out these days), Inland Empire, Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, Deconstructing Harry, Manhattan, Annie Hall, The 400 Blows, Jules and Jim, Histoire(s) du cinema, La Jetee, Sans Soleil, Following, Europa Europa, The Believer, A Scanner Darkly, Roma Citta Aperta, Germania Anno Zero, Metropolis, Nosferatu, THX 1138, Scotland PA, Broken Flowers, Dead Man, Coffee and Cigarettes
C) Wild Nothing, Twin Shadow, Toro Y Moi, Caribou, Galaxie 500, Boards of Canada, Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine, Bonnie Prince Billy, Holly Golightly, Kings of Convenience/Whitest Boy Alive, Reindeer Section, Mew, Belle and Sebastian, Beck, American Analog Set, Joan As Police Woman, Silver Jews, Pavement, Jose Gonzales, Mark Kozelek, Neko Case, Neil Young, Fugazi
D) Thai red curry, Falafel & Baba Ghanouj, Pesto, Chiles Rellenos, Black beans, Gruyere, Baguettes, Tiramisu